COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A man accused of killing his 7-year-old brother and 5-year-old sister in Colorado Springs early Tuesday morning told police he "wanted to be alone" in their shared home, according to court documents.
The stabbing happened around 1 a.m. at a home on Carlisle Street just north of Fillmore Street. The suspect, 19-year-old Malik Murphy, is accused of stabbing his 7-year-old brother Noah, his 5-year-old sister Sophia, and their father. The children died at the hospital, according to police. The father, 42-year-old Jefferson Murphy, was hospitalized but is expected to recover.
"We had officers coming on scene performing life saving techniques trying to hold on to the lives of these children," Lt. Howard Black with CSPD said.
According to court documents, Malik told police that he often has "homicidal ideations," and that Monday night, he "decided he wanted to be alone" in the home. He told police he had bought a knife several months ago, and decided he was going to kill his family so he could be alone. The plan was to kill his entire family and then bury them in the backyard, he told police.
Malik told police he went up to his sister, who was sleeping in the room the three siblings shared, and stabbed her three times. She yelled out his name as he stabbed her, he told police. He then walked over to his brother and stabbed him three times.
The father, Jefferson Murphy, told police he was sleeping in his bedroom with his wife when he heard his daughter screaming in the basement. When he went downstairs, he was confronted by Malik, who stabbed him with the knife. He pushed Malik into the garage and detained him until officers arrived, according to police.
Malik is charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.
Both children were students at Edison Elementary School in District 11.
"I woke up and saw the cop lights in my window but I didn't think anything of it," said neighbor Amanda Tivnan.
Tivnan says she remembers seeing the two children riding their bikes and playing in the neighborhood. She was horrified to hear they were stabbed to death.
"I'm a teacher so for me that's really rough. They haven't lived their lives at all so for me that sucks like I really think it's absolutely awful and terrible," she said.
Police said in March of this year, Malik was arrested after setting his parents' SUV on fire in Effingham, Illinois. He started the fire in a grassy area between a restaurant and a motel and then crossed the street to watch it burn, according to police. Arson charges filed against him were dropped, according to court records.
According to Colorado Springs police, Sophia and Noah's deaths are the 22nd and 23rd homicides investigated by the department this year. At this time last year, there were 16 homicides.
This continues to be an active investigation.
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